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Job Title:  HR Specialist
Agency:  Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Job Announcement Number:  FRTIB-14-MP-013-1009860

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 09, 2013 to Monday, December 23, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Public Trust - Background Investigation


The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans.  We are seeking a champion for its continual improvement.

The FRTIB is an Independent Federal Agency responsible for administering the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).  We help Federal employees and members of the Uniformed Services retire with dignity by providing benefits similar to private sector 401(k) plans.  The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans. 


Mission - Our Core Purpose

Administer the TSP solely in the interest of the participants and beneficiaries


Core Values - What We Stand For



The FRTIB is looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual to serve as the technical expert in the area of HR staffing and employee benefits.   Primary duties are to recruit, examine, select, and place employees; advise management in identifying, attracting, and retaining a high-quality and diverse workforce; and to provide guidance and consultation to agencies, current and former employees, annuitants, survivors, and eligible family members regarding retirement, insurance, health benefits, and injury compensation.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Approximately 5%


  • No


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below):


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The major duties of the position are:

  • Utilizes USAStaffing to develop position announcements, accepts, reviews, and rates applications; certifies candidates, assists selecting officials with the selection process; and notifies candidates of the results. Extends job offers, advises management of and negotiates any recruitment incentives, and coordinates the impending entrance on duty.
  • Provides orientation and in-processing of new employees, ensuring all required documentation is completed in a timely manner.
  • Researches the qualifications and skills needed and conducts job analyses with subject-matter experts to distinguish highly qualified applicants from the minimally qualified. Applies OPM qualification standards and ranking factors to analyze applications and make qualifications determinations.
  • Responds to and resolves the most difficult HR staffing questions and issues, researching related legal and regulatory requirements to properly advise senior management on most effective and appropriate hiring methods.
  • Advises management officials on recruitment sources and develops strategies to ensure maximum results to staffing requirements. Makes use of special employment programs for students, veterans, the disabled, underutilized employees, minorities, and disadvantaged candidates.
  • Maintains extensive knowledge of Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) procedures and regulations and maintains a current DEU certification from OPM. Adjudicates and applies veteran’s preference on all DEU announcements. Counsels selecting officials regarding merit promotion and DEU requirements, placement, and veteran’s preference procedures.
  • Provides ongoing advice and consult to managers and supervisors regarding changes in OPM or Departmental staffing policies which may affect current or future staffing programs and procedures or management’s options regarding same.
  • Conducts desk audits in order to make classification decisions, advise management officials, and/or recommend the restructuring of positions. Based on audit findings provides written report outlining position information and making unbiased recommendation on final title, series, and grade level.
  • Administers benefits programs to include managing open seasons, answering employee questions, and serving as liaison between the carriers and employee/retirees to resolve issues.
  • Assists employees in resolving benefit related issues or problems.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the specialized experience as described below:

Specialized Experience: Experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and is equivalent to the next lower grade level.



Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service that included providing advisory, consultative, and operational services to hiring managers on a full range of staffing, recruitment, and placement regulations, policies and procedures to include both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining; reviewing and rating applications, certifing candidates, and notifing candidates of results; analyzing and resolving routine personnel issues or problems; and assisting employees in resolving benefit related issues or problems.


Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service that included providing expert advisory, consultative, and operational service to hiring managers on a full range of staffing, recruitment, and placement regulations, policies and procedures to include both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining; reviewing and commenting on proposed organization regulations, polices and procedures for impact/affect on staffing and placement operations; analyzing and resolving a full range of complex personnel issues or problems; and administering a benefits program to include managing open season, resolving benefit related issues, and serving as liaison between carriers and employees.

Education may not be substituted for experience at this grade level.


Applicants must meet basic eligibility requirements such as Time-in-Grade, minimum qualifications, and other regulatory requirements by the close date of this announcement.


Time-in-Grade: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time-in-Grade Requirement, which is 52 weeks of Federal Service at the next lower grade, (GS-12 for GS-13 and GS-11 for GS-12).


Your resume will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will further be evaluated on information provided in the Questionnaire.  The questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to the following competencies:

Recruitment and Placement, Customer Service, and Employee Benefits.


To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link View Assessment Questions

If you are found Well-Qualified for this vacancy, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.  Well-Qualified means, you must meet all the minimum qualification standards and be assessed and assigned a rating of at least Well-Qualified to receive special selection priority.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  When a sufficient pool of candidates has been determined, then only that group will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.


If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.


If you have not provided all the required documents as identified on this vacancy announcement, you will not be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.


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Working for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Retirement System.  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board also has agency specific benefits including flexible work schedules and the possibility of student loan repayment.

The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more click here


Alternate work schedule options may be available.


Limited Telework may be available.


If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.  Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.


Direct deposit: Direct deposit of pay is required.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified means, you must meet all the minimum qualification standards listed above and be assessed and assigned the rating of at least Well-Qualified to receive special selection priority.

You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in the "Required Documents" section.  For more information regarding veteran's preference please go to

Relocation incentives:  No relocation expenses will be paid for this position. 

Probationary Period: One-year trial/probationary period may be required.

Background Suitability Investigation: Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and the granting of a Federal suitability or security clearance.

Temporary Duty Travel: TDY for this position is 5 percent.

Noncompetitive promotion potential to target grade.

Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit my Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1009860.


If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View.
2. Print 1203FX form to provide your response to the questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

The complete application package must be submitted by Monday, December 23, 2013.

NOTE: If all required documents are not received by the closing date, you will be rated ineligible, and your application will not move forward to the selection official.


Please be advised, the following documents are required even if you are already a current Federal or FRTIB employee:

1. Resume (Please include on your resume the experience you wish to be considered for the review of your qualifications, the dates of employment with month and year, and hours worked per week). Resumes that do not contain all of the necessary information to determine qualifications may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.  Your latest resume submission is the one that will be used to determine your qualifications. 
2. OF-306, please visit for a fillable OF-306 form.

3. Responses to questionnaire.

4. You must submit documents verifying your eligibility along with your application package.  These documents may include, but are not limited to: your most recent non-award SF-50, Veteran’s Preference documentation e.g. DD-214 or equivalent, terminal leave orders, SF-15, VA letter, etc; ICTAP documentation, e.g. RIF separation notice along with last performance rating or appraisal; and/or College Transcripts – this will be necessary if the position has an education requirement, or if you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience, or solely on education.


FRTIB Personnel
Phone: (202)942-1600
Agency Information:
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
77 K Street NE
Suite 1000
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by the office for a possible interview.


Once this process has been completed, you will receive notice via email (or by mail if no email address was provided during the application process).  This process is generally completed within 4-6 weeks.

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